A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

Book - 2002
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A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.

It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2002.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9780375718946
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Birnbaum, Alfred


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LPL_MattS Apr 21, 2018

This was the first Haruki Murakami novel I read. It was a great introduction to the interstitial, surreal tone of the majority of his books. If Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is on the extreme surreal end of the Murakami weirdness spectrum and Norweigan Wood is on the extreme realistic end, this one sits comfortably in the middle, which is again why it's a good introduction for readers new to this author.

Aug 14, 2017

Let the surreality of Murkami's narrative wash over you - a powerful deep state coalition, a mutant sheep which chooses human hosts, the sexiness of ears, a harsh but pastoral mountain landscape, even counting sheep as a prelude to dreaming. And then, the Sheep Man Cometh! As with the other books in the "Trilogy of the Rat," the joy of the story itself drives the sparkle of the prose.

Apr 26, 2016

I love the surrealism in Murakami's works. They always intrigue me. Such a strange yet interesting read.

LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 30, 2015

I'm shocked that no one has bothered to comment on this book. Great early Murakami here. Definitely one to check out.

Jun 24, 2015

Don't spend too much time trying to make sense of it all. Enjoy the ride! This comes from someone who started with "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running".

Nov 12, 2014

One of Murakami's more bizarre books but definitely worth diving into.

Aug 02, 2012

His trademark blend of reality and fantasy, this time with a fairly comprehensible mystery to pull you along. Possibly my favorite.

Jul 23, 2012

This was the 6th Murakami book that I've read, and it felt a little like Murakami by the numbers. Granted, it was one of his earlier ones, so I can't accuse him of repeating himself in this book. I wasn't as engrossed with this as I was with others like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Oct 15, 2011

It's exactly as titled: a very strange and very weird journey in search of a special sheep. I can't say I understood everything that happened, but the eerie atmosphere of the story was oddly spellbinding.

Aug 08, 2011

Very funny satire. I can understand why the author had to leave Japan for a while!

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Jun 24, 2015

Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.

Oct 15, 2011

"Can you imagine what it's like to be left with a solitary thought when its embodiment has been pulled out from underneath you, roots and all?" asked the Professor.


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